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2013 NHRA: Nobile Gets Back On The Winning Track In Sonoma
Posted by: newsla on Jul 29, 2013 - 06:43 PM
2013 NHRA: Nobile Gets Back On The Winning Track In Sonoma

Proving once again that perseverance pays off, NAPA/Mountain View Performance NHRA Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile found the winner’s circle again during last weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. Nobile, who had been winless in 14 starts since his victory at the season-opener in Pomona, Calif., drove to career-win No. 7 after beating four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin in the final round.


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“Our team really needed this win,” said Nobile. “We’ve struggled at times this season and I’m not afraid to admit that we’ve all gotten a bit frustrated but the important thing is that we never gave up. We know that [team owner] Nick Mitsos has put together a winning team here and we always believed that we’d get back to the winner’s circle.”

Nobile did not have the quickest or fastest Pro Stock car in Sonoma, but his driving was flawless, and the team made the best use of their resources, running quick enough to challenge the class leaders. After qualifying No. 8, Nobile faced two-time world champion Jason Line in the opening round and won by a very narrow margin, 6.56 to 6.57.

A round later, Nobile reinforced his reputation as one of the best starting line drivers in the class with a holeshot victory against current championship leader and low qualifier Mike Edwards. Nobile gained a lead at the start, which allowed his 6.55 to hold off Edwards’ quicker 6.53.

“Obviously, that was a key round for us,” said Nobile. “Mike doesn’t make many mistakes and his car has been extremely fast all year. We had an opportunity to get past him and I’m glad we didn’t let it go to waste. Earlier this year when we were struggling, my confidence as a driver wasn’t quite where it should have been but wins like that are the best medicine for me. I feel very confident now.”

Nobile reached the final round after Greg Anderson fouled, and then won the final with a 6.57 after Coughlin’s Mopar Dodge shook the tires. All told, the drivers that Nobile faced on Sunday had combined to win 11 Pro Stock world championships and 196 national event victories.

“That just shows you the kind of talent we have in the Pro Stock class,” said Nobile. “Everyone is tough. You can’t let your guard down for even one round. That’s what makes days like this so rewarding. Hopefully, this is a sign that this team is back in top form and that we’ll be able to compete for the championship the rest of this season.”

Following the win, Nobile has moved to fifth place in the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock standings with just three races remaining before the field. He is just 30-points behind fourth-ranked Shane Gray.

Looking to strike while the iron is hot, the NAPA/Mountain View Performance team will be back in action

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